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The Resource Israel on the Appomattox : a southern experiment in Black freedom from 1790s through the Civil War, Melvin Patrick Ely

Israel on the Appomattox : a southern experiment in Black freedom from 1790s through the Civil War, Melvin Patrick Ely

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Israel on the Appomattox : a southern experiment in Black freedom from 1790s through the Civil War
Title
Israel on the Appomattox
Title remainder
a southern experiment in Black freedom from 1790s through the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Melvin Patrick Ely
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Thomas Jefferson condemned slavery but denied that whites and liberated blacks could live together in harmony. Jefferson's young cousin Richard Randolph and ninety African Americans set out to prove the sage of Monticello wrong. When Randolph died in 1796, he left land for his formidable bondman Hercules White and for dozens of other slaves. Freed, they could build new lives there alongside white neighbors and other blacks who had gained their liberty earlier." "Fittingly, the Randolph freedpeople called their promised land Israel Hill. These black Israelites and other free African Americans established farms, plied skilled trades, and navigated the Appomattox River in freight-carrying "batteaux." Hercules White's son Sam and other free blacks bought and sold boats, land, and buildings, and they won the respect of whites." "Melvin Patrick Ely captures a series of personal and public dramas: free black and white people do business with one another, sue each other, work side by side for equal wages, join forces to found a Baptist congregation, move West together, and occasionally settle down as man and wife. Even still-enslaved blacks who face charges of raping or killing whites sometimes find ardent white defenders." "Yet slavery's long shadow darkens this landscape in unpredictable ways. After Nat Turner's slave revolt, county officials confiscate and auction off free blacks' weapons - and then vote to give the proceeds to the blacks themselves. One black Israelite marries an enslaved woman and watches, powerless, as a white master carries three of their children off to Missouri; a free black miller has to bid for his own wife at a public auction. Proslavery hawks falsely depict Israel Hill to the nation as a degenerate place whose supposed failure proves blacks are unfit for freedom. The Confederate Army compels free black men to build fortifications far from home, until Lee finally surrenders to Grant a few miles from Israel Hill."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
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Ely, Melvin Patrick
Dewey number
975.5/63200496073
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F232.P83
LC item number
E49 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Free African Americans
  • Land grants
  • Free African Americans
  • Free African Americans
  • White family
  • Randolph, Richard
  • Prince Edward County (Va.)
  • Prince Edward County (Va.)
  • Prince Edward County (Va.)
Label
Israel on the Appomattox : a southern experiment in Black freedom from 1790s through the Civil War, Melvin Patrick Ely
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [475]-614) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The view from Israel Hill, 1863 -- Liberty and happiness -- The promised land -- Work -- Challenges -- Law and order -- Worldviews -- Progress and struggle -- Appomattox and the new birth of freedom -- The search for meaning in the southern free black experience
Control code
53483636
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 640 pages
Isbn
9780679447382
Lccn
2003065976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Israel on the Appomattox : a southern experiment in Black freedom from 1790s through the Civil War, Melvin Patrick Ely
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [475]-614) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The view from Israel Hill, 1863 -- Liberty and happiness -- The promised land -- Work -- Challenges -- Law and order -- Worldviews -- Progress and struggle -- Appomattox and the new birth of freedom -- The search for meaning in the southern free black experience
Control code
53483636
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 640 pages
Isbn
9780679447382
Lccn
2003065976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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